I hadn’t even heard of this show until my friend Molly swooped in with a last-minute suggestion. I now feel my life has been improved immeasurably.
The episode We’ve Got the Bee sees batshit crazy protagonist Bessie long to join her local rock idols, The Pretty Pretty Princesses, after being entranced by their hit song Riding With the Rainbow Unicorns. This song is incredible, so I can understand her obsession.
Anyway, they don’t want her, mainly because lead singer Portia is mean, but also because Bessie displays no sort of musical prowess. But, like a true riot grrrl, Bessie’s enthusiasm wins out over such trivial practicalities, and soon she becomes a drumming demon with the help of Rocky and his band the Integritones.
But fear not! Bessie eventually lives her dream and joins the Princesses on stage after Penny faints at the sight of the audience, replacing Penny’s meek triangle playing with her own wild percussion.
“The premature demise of The Mighty B just shows you that if you’re a female character who dares to be different, tomboyish, and eccentric, than that’s unacceptable. Honestly, even though her shenanigans may be over the top, I think Bessie is a good role model for girls. Too bad Nickelodeon’s too fucking stupid to see that.”